It has been 18 years since we last saw Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard in action. He returns for a new adventure aboard the brand new Amazon Prime Show Star Trek: Picard. Does the new show boldly go where no Trek has gone before?
The highly anticipated return of Picard, arguably the best Captain that the Star Trek series has produced, comes with it a level of expectation and caution. Despite the strength of the character and some brilliant episodes across the history of the show, ‘The Next Generation’ crew only really knocked one film completely out of the park (1996’s ‘First Contact’), with the series sputtering to a halt with the underwhelming ‘Nemesis’ in 2002. So, while the pressure is on to deliver a continuation worthy of fan adoration and the talents of Patrick Stewart, there is the added pressure of offering something that will feel satisfying in the wake of a disappointing ending for the character and his crew. If the first episode is anything to go by, Star Trek: Picard may well offer that satisfaction, although not without a few bumps along the way.
The show begins with Picard, now a retired Starfleet Admiral residing on his vineyard in France living a mundane life, plagued with regret over both the death of Data (Brent Spiner) and the destruction of Romulus following a devastating supernova. Adventure soon comes calling however with the arrival of a young woman named Dahj (Isa Briones). On the run and fearing for her life, something inside of Dajh instructed her to seek out Picard for help. Together, they aim to get to the bottom of who she is, and just why she is being hunted.
Read the full review over at THN, originally published January 24th 2020.